For over 40 years our goal at Rainbow Center has been to provide a positive, safe, gentle learning environment so children with special needs can develop self-esteem and improve their academic and coping skills when faced with daily challenges. Rainbow Center works with 20 metro, suburban and rural school districts for students in the day school program with varying diagnoses such as Autism, behavior disorders and other multi-categorical disabilities.
In 1996, Rainbow Options, our Adult Day Habilitation program, was initiated to meet the growing, local community needs of clients over the age of 21 who could not fit into the workshop or other supported employment. This exciting venture started with one client and now serves over 60 adults with severe disabilities. Rainbow Center Day School and Rainbow Options Adult Day Habilitation both feature a very active Community Access Program. Learning where to go, meeting community expectations and actively connecting with the community all are valuable experiences for the students and adults in the Rainbow programs.
Beyond the Rainbow is also offered for families who need before and after programming services.
To provide a safe nurturing and social environment in order to serve persons with special educational and developmental needs.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DAWN BLOSS, Parent/Community Volunteer
PAM CARPENTER, Retired Educator
- Board Chair
LYNDON DAVIS, WEBCO
PENNY DONNELLY DORST, St. Mary's Medical Center
GREG GROUNDS, Grounds & Emke
JOSEPH HANEY, Grandparent/Retired Banker
DR. CHRISTINA LOW KAPALU, Children's Mercy Hospital
TRISHA KENNEDY, Kennedy’s Custom Jewelers
- Board Vice-Chair
J’NAN KIMAK ERKER, Humphrey Farrington & McClain, P.C.
PAUL MIDTBO, KPMG
MIKE MINEA, Maxus Properties
RYAN SNYDER, Maxus Properties
- Board Treasurer
BRIANNE THOMAS, Boyd Kenter Thomas & Parrish, L.L.C.
- Board Secretary
Marilu W. Herrick - CO-FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Marilu W. Herrick is co-founder of the Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders. Prior to starting the then Blue Springs Learning Center in 1977, Marilu worked as a speech pathologist in the public school arena and in private practice. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jill Calvert - Director of Development
Michon Lester - Rainbow Center Day School Program Coordinator
Tyreka Smith - Rainbow Options Program Coordinator